KOTA KINABALU: Sabah plans to begin vaccination for undocumented foreigners after 70% of its local populations is inoculated, says state Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.
He said the state government together with the National Security Council were in the process of setting in place mechanisms to identify undocumented migrants as part of efforts to vaccinate them.
Masidi was responding to a question on how the state was going to tackle the problem of Sabah's large undocumented migrant population.
However, Masidi did not say the estimated number of undocumented foreigners in the state but assured that once the mechanism was put in place, they would disclose the details to handle the issue.
"Our policy is to have as many people as possible in the state immunised. Our principle is nobody is safe until everyone is safe," he said in explaining that vaccinations for foreigners including undocumented migrants were necessary to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Masidi said that expatriates and documented foreign workers will follow the Federal Government's immunisation programme.
He said phase two was scheduled for senior citizens, people with chronic illnesses while phase three will be for those 18 years and above.
Masidi also urged Sabahans to register for the vaccination programme under MySejahtera as so far, only 241,482 out of the population of three million had registered as of Monday (March 15).
"I believe more people must come forward, the number registered so far is low as we have a population of around three million," he said during his daily briefing.
On a question about reaching rural Sabahans, he said every effort was being planned to reach people in rural areas including the need to use helicopters and boats.
"Teams in every district will go there to carry out the vaccinations," he said in allaying concerns that rural people might not be able to travel out to be vaccinated.
Masidi also urged people not to worry too much about the vaccine, adding that from his own experience, he felt slight fever, lethargy and flu-like symptoms after he received the jab.
"I am all right, I just had a mild side effect that I am told it shows that the Covid-19 vaccination was working," he added.
Sabah's recorded 29 positive cases on Monday, marking the lowest number of cases since Sept 29 when the state started registering three-digit numbers following the snap elections.